2021 Annual Conference on Business & Operations

CAIS Commission on Business Affairs
  • Pre-Registration Required
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Posted 3 months ago


When : Thursday, 11/4 @10 a.m. and Friday, 11/5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where : Foxwoods Resort Casino
Topics : Business; Facilities; HR; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Security; Legal Affairs
Cost : $325 all-inclusive; separate fee for accommodations


WHAT: 2021 Annual conference on Business & Operations: A conference for Business Managers, Trustees, Heads, Risk Management Professionals, Facilities Directors and Senior-Level School Administrators
WHEN: November 4th, 10 a.m. onwards | November 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Foxwoods Resort and Casino
WHO: Featuring Keynotes and General Sessions by:

Heather Hoerle is the executive director and chief executive officer of The Enrollment Management Association, a non-profit membership association serving independent school enrollment and admission leaders through the best science, research, and training. A thought leader in enrollment management, Heather personally led the charge for the professionalization of the admission and enrollment professional, demanding that industry colleagues mobilize to reposition the work of enrollment management as both strategic and foundational to institutional success.

Heather’s career began in independent schools as an administrator, student advisor, and teacher then embarked on a successful 23-year tenure in leadership roles with The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and eventually serving as a vice president at The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Kyle Reynolds is an award winning artist, collaborator and educator. He brings an accomplished career demonstrating program leadership revitalization as an educator and administrator. Kyle’s expertise offers strategies in conceiving and building programs through project management, professional development, organizational leadership/restructure, group facilitation and curriculum design. Kyle has a strong connection to Broadway as he is most well known for bridging Connecticut schools with Broadway performers and Tony Award winners. Throughout Kyle’s tenure, his students have achieved successful careers in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions, national tours along with acceptance to the most elite musical theater college programs in the world. Throughout Kyle’s professional life, he’s contributed to raising millions of dollars for collegiate annual funds, served as business manager to arts programs, and he is most proud of the educational programs he’s been able to save, build and allow to thrive. Previous keynote presentations include: “Get Out The Windex!, The Shattering Truth of our Glass Ceiling“, “Endorsement vs. Portrayal, The Dangers of American Musical Theater“, and “Reynolds Rules: A Guide to Fearless Public Speaking”. Kyle is currently the Director of Theater at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford, CT.

Glendowlyn Thames is the Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, which she joined in June of 2019. As deputy commissioner, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, she has a wide range of oversight responsibilities and provides strategic direction for business development and workforce initiatives. Previously, Mrs. Thames served as Founding executive director of CTNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations. There she managed an array of strategic economic development programs focused on fostering entrepreneurship, startup and growth-stage businesses while cultivating a robust innovation ecosystem on behalf of the State of Connecticut.

Her multi-faceted experience with executive management of organizations includes over 15 years as a business, government, and non-profit leader managing high-priority projects and major initiatives. Previously at Connecticut Innovations, Mrs. Thames held several leadership positions and oversaw vital innovation programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encourage innovation, collaboration and commercialization.

Prior to working at CI, she served as special assistant to the superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, and prior to that, she was director of constituent services for the City of Hartford, where she managed citizen relations and worked on community and economic development projects. Mrs. Thames holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master’s in public policy studies and law from Trinity College.

For more information about the schedule and session descriptions, click “Register” below.

Please note that masks are required, and appropriate health and safety precautions will be in place.

Location Foxwoods Resort Casino